Day in history for May 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The meat markets of this city are to be closed at midnight on Monday, June 2, and on Saturday will be kept open from 4 to 10 p.m.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The P.L. Cable family has returned from the South.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway have asked that old carmen receive 22 1/2 cents an hour and new employees 20 1/2 cents an hour.

1931 -- 75 years ago
After ascending to a height of over 50,000 feet and a new world altitude record, Dr. Henry August Piccard predicted that the stratosphere would be the ''only practicable element'' for long distance flying, providing plane cabins in the future were made airtight.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A young chemistry enthusiast and his father are scheduled to confer with Rock Island Police this afternoon. The boy, 15, a student at Central Junior High, has aroused complaints from neighbors for making gun powder for use in rockets which he allegedly fired from the yard of his home.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant to complete a four-diamond ballfield in southwest Rock Island. The 28-acre ballfield near Andalusia Road and W. 31st St. will probably be ready to open by the summer of 1982.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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